“I’m just ‘borrowing’ this for a bit…”

“I’m just ‘borrowing’ this for a bit…”

It's no secret that I'm a wardrobe thiever when it comes to the boyf.  I'm quite brazen about it all to be honest.  Seeing as Steve will be the first one to admit that I have expanded his horizons and I'm quoting here…

Me: Hey boo boo (this is what I call him…don't ask), would you have bought half the stuff you have in your present wardrobe if you weren't going out with me?
Steve: It's difficult to say because it's been a gradual kind of change but you've certainly introduced a number of designers to me.  *Pats me on the head in condescending way*

Thanks Steve, I don't charge any style consultation fees of course because my love is for freeeeeeeeeeeeee… 

Anyway, I consider it a semi-right to therefore pillage his wardrobe from time to time and his recent purchases have made me do this more and more.  I only wish of course that I could return the favour but I'm thinking Steve is going to have difficulty working pink gradiated fringe, sequinned hot pants and satin leggings… we'll certainly delve into the possiblity of a vice-versa swapsie…

Veronique Branquinho Cardigan – This is a bit of a bargain on The Corner at the mo and after Steve gave up in real life shop sales where it was impossible to find anything in his size, it was a big hurrah to find this online.

Steve (COS checked shirt, Hurqundeki gingham bow tie, Uniqlo navy wool trousers, Uniqlo socks, Swear grey patent brogues) Me (Vanessa Bruno gradiated fringe scarf top, Topshop satin swing jacket, Tao knitted peach shorts, John Lewis grey ribbed tights, Topshop grey sandals)

Carola Euler Stills Jersey Cardigan
– Ah…the sneaky pressie from moi to him trick…a useful tactic that I'm employing more and more.  That I happen to like wearing it of course doesn't deter from the fact that it's still a somewhat joyful pressie for him of course. 

Me (Vintage pleated floral top, Roland Mouret textured olive top, Moschino Cheap & Chic scalloped skirt, M&S grey sheer stockings, Marni heels), Steve (Yookoo charcoal cowl, Martin Margiela t-shirt, Unconditional jeans with zip detail, Lanvin boots)

Hurwundeki Suit Jacket – Mannish blazers are a no-brainer when the man has a blazer that you can wear.  Saves me from searching for 'mannish blazers' in womenswear domains. 

Steve (Handmade in England sheer white shirt, M&S blue velvet bowtie, customised Reiss/Uniqlo double layered cardigan, People's Market grey trousers, Uniqlo socks, Swear metallic blue shoes), Me (Yokoo oatmeal cowl, H&M sheer top, H&M wool corset, H&M painterly tiered dress – this was my sale binge yesterday, Wolford tights, Zara patent ankle boots)

Material Boy Rucksack – I excitedly pointed this out to Steve when we were in Bang Bang as he has already recalled and yup again, you've guessed it – I absolutely plan to take this with me on fashion week to carry everything for blogging on-the-go and look like a fashion geek.  50% ownership rights papers are being drawn up as we speak…  
Me (Vintage tweed jacket, H&M sheer top, vintage gold bed jacket inside, Comme des Garcons x H&M dropp crotch trousers, Miu Miu sequinned shoes), Steve (Vintage wool blazer, Ksubi polka dot t-shirt, Unconditional drop crotch trousers, bStore silver trainers)


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  1. chelsea

    2009-01-18 at 5:49 PM

    The second cardigain looks great on you both…good move!

  2. the_kitten

    2009-01-18 at 5:52 PM

    hey, the collages are really neat! I love this post. since i have a faible for “borrowing” from bf myself this encourages me to put his wardrobe into even more use ^^

  3. Tam

    2009-01-18 at 5:57 PM

    mega lol
    steve’s wardrobe is cool!

  4. reeraw

    2009-01-18 at 5:59 PM

    i always borrow my boyfriend’s plaid work shirts (which were actually hand-me-downs from my dad). A fav is this Christian Dior shirt in a beautiful butter shade. I also steal his thick chunky wool socks that look rather nice layered over leggings.
    It’s funny how a partner flips the script on your own personal style.

  5. WendyB

    2009-01-18 at 6:05 PM

    Very clever! MrB and I won’t be sharing clothes anytime soon, though.

  6. Ian

    2009-01-18 at 6:09 PM

    The blazer and jersey cardigan work well on both of you. I’m all for couples sharing wardrobes. Though some of us don’t give things back. Which is shameful and something I have never done.

  7. Don't Be A Hero

    2009-01-18 at 6:15 PM

    bitchin post, I love the morphs of you two in the middle
    I need to stop buying mannish stuff in the womanswear domain and start “borrowing” πŸ˜›

  8. Ngoc

    2009-01-18 at 6:22 PM

    Urghhhhh–I’ve been looking for the perfect leather backpack. I’m so jealous of your find. It’s a lovely backpack.

  9. rollergirl

    2009-01-18 at 6:26 PM

    He he, I do the pressie thing too, but my gifts are housy things like the posh tray I bought him for Xmas which of course I will be using too. Ditto many a photography/art book but tbh, I’m sure he does the same. PS, I’m doing LFW backpack stylee too – I’ve just rediscovered my old Hysteric Glamour one!

  10. selina

    2009-01-18 at 6:38 PM

    these photos are so damn cool! nice to see some classic bubble outfit remixes, and how great do the h&m/comme pants and the miu mius look together!

  11. DUSKIN

    2009-01-18 at 6:38 PM


  12. Mel

    2009-01-18 at 6:41 PM

    I love borrowing from my boyfriend’s wardrobe too, it’s always lots of fun. You and Steve look so good! Thank you for putting us on the links list too. xx

  13. frances

    2009-01-18 at 6:52 PM

    Wow, I love the first outfit, it’s absolutely stunning.
    And I really likes the grey blazer, it’s excellent on you. x

  14. tricia of bitsandbobbins.com

    2009-01-18 at 7:00 PM

    haha, me and the husband call each other”boo-boo” too. πŸ˜›
    you two are a force to be reckoned with.

  15. calamityjem

    2009-01-18 at 7:20 PM

    Because my hubby is quite a casual dresser itβ€šΓ„Γ΄s quite a rarity that I raid his wardrobe bar perhaps for the odd pair of socks but sometimes it’s just nice to wear your loved ones clothing.
    My husband always goes bonkers though when I steal his stuff cause he says I’ve got more clothes than Topshop in Oxford Street (slight exaggeration).

  16. anne

    2009-01-18 at 7:28 PM

    Good job! really love the Veronique Branquinho Cardigan!

  17. ani

    2009-01-18 at 7:34 PM

    aww.. so cute πŸ˜€ love the transparent merged images inbetween!

  18. Josclothes.blogspot.com

    2009-01-18 at 7:42 PM

    I love this post especially the blended images of you both. My boyf got a beautiful grey double breasted cardigan for xmas which I’m after….Sometimes mens clothes are best.

  19. Christina Sanders

    2009-01-18 at 7:45 PM

    I bought my bf a lovely pale denim shirt from topman for christmas. I haven’t borrowed it yet but have been planning it for a while. Boys clothes rock. x

  20. Male Mode

    2009-01-18 at 7:49 PM

    Gah! If only my sister were a similar size!

  21. Sara

    2009-01-18 at 7:57 PM

    Your bf is sooo stylish!! I have my brother’s wardrobe to pick thing from, but i can’t tell him what to buy and where…
    awww i need a bf!!

  22. Anonymous

    2009-01-18 at 7:58 PM

    i love that you guys can play dress up together! I wish my husband was as into fashion….!

  23. c

    2009-01-18 at 8:08 PM

    um yes. πŸ™‚

  24. Keira

    2009-01-18 at 8:10 PM
  25. floraposte

    2009-01-18 at 8:15 PM

    Great looks on both of you, really love how you’ve feminised quite neutral pieces.

  26. ltp

    2009-01-18 at 8:48 PM

    I saw this blog:
    and immediately thought of a American version of the ol’ British Suzie (though she is Alice). Do check it out.

  27. alice

    2009-01-18 at 8:50 PM

    hello, nice blog! i like your shoes on these pictures, you looks very good!!

  28. Katlin

    2009-01-18 at 8:53 PM

    Things like this make me want a stylish boyfriend just to be able to raid his closet! πŸ™‚ I think it’s awesome that you two share clothes!

  29. jess s

    2009-01-18 at 9:00 PM

    I love wearing boyF gear, and anything that’s too small, goes right to me! hehe, you two are cuuute :))

  30. KD

    2009-01-18 at 9:02 PM

    Omigosh, I love this post so much. I’ll have to e-mail this post to all my friends who don’t think that unisex stuff is cool. (I have made it my mission in life to dissuade them from this way of thinking.)

  31. ji kim

    2009-01-18 at 9:05 PM

    I enjoyed these outfits! You look great, and your hair and lipstick are so perfect. You are so thin I cannot believe these losers saying you are fat. Disgusting.

  32. ejay

    2009-01-18 at 9:10 PM

    you guys are too cute.
    like really.
    i cant stand it.

  33. Eli

    2009-01-18 at 9:26 PM

    so much grey jersey!! I love it!

  34. Priscilla

    2009-01-18 at 9:32 PM

    You guys are so effin’ cute.
    I can’t stand it.

  35. fanny

    2009-01-18 at 9:34 PM

    i’ve been thinking this for a while, especially after checking out steve’s blog. you two are probably the most stylish couple EVER. and it’s the best type of style, totally personal and quirky. if only we could all be so lucky as to have a man whose clothes are as cool as our own!

  36. susie_bubble

    2009-01-18 at 9:49 PM

    Thanks for everyone’s comments…Steve is blushing…
    To those who haven’t started raiding their other half’s wardrobe yet… just go for it… they’ll never know!!!
    I do count myself lucky in stylish boyf respect…but I’ve paid my singledom dues with years of bad dates and horrid loneliness… I’m hoping this one stucks around a bit…
    Rollergirl: Hysteric Glamour…? Yesssh…
    Tricia: No way?????? I don’t know why we do it…. it’s a bit sickening really…
    Keira: Nah…that’s not me alas….I rarely wear strapless dresses without a t-shirt underneath…
    Ltp: Link added….she seems very cool! Doesn’t really look like me though…she’s far prettier!
    Ji Kim: Thanks for commenting back… yeah, I had a weight stalker here for a while… kept on saying I was either losing/gaining weight… it was quite amusing/freaky…

  37. Pretty Portobello

    2009-01-18 at 10:04 PM

    What a lovely jacket! Some of the guys stuff are really cute teamed with the right things.

  38. ondressingup

    2009-01-18 at 10:34 PM

    Ahhh this post is too adorable for words. I try to borrow the BF’s clothes because there are some very covetable things in there but his eyes get tight around the corners when he catches me ‘cos he knows they won’t get back to him!

  39. Anonymous

    2009-01-18 at 10:59 PM

    The grey jacket look wikked on you!It’s time to give a ring to the BF.Great post once again. Thank you for making my day once again!
    Oh btw KATE SPADE is having a Spring 2009 Internship – Apparel Design
    Do check it out

  40. The Six Six Sick Girls

    2009-01-18 at 11:22 PM

    This is amazing. I love seeing how you both style the same piece, and I’m so jealous that your boyf lets you style him. I never raid my husband’s closet, although funny enough, he has a habit of stealing my sweaters, jackets and scarves….

  41. susie_bubble

    2009-01-18 at 11:28 PM

    Tiffany: Ah that wasn’t me styling the boyf…Steve can dress himself and those outfits in the pics are all his doing… I just *ahem* push him in the way of certain items…

  42. LXS

    2009-01-18 at 11:49 PM

    i really love this.
    i always try doing this with my boyf’s stuff but i tend to look quite swamped in the stuff because of our height difference x

  43. Style Salvage Steve

    2009-01-18 at 11:51 PM

    There is no pushing, a gentle nudge or a subtle move of the eyes maybe but certainly no pushing…
    Part two of this post will see me squeezing into Susie’s clothes…I should warn you all that the results will not be as pretty though.

  44. ay

    2009-01-19 at 12:01 AM

    u r so lucky that u have a stylish bf. Mine is not interested a lil frustrating any tips??? Love how u laid out the pics it makes u feel the transformation!

  45. K-Line

    2009-01-19 at 1:28 AM

    You two are style gorgeousness personified. Great post, Susie!

  46. Laia

    2009-01-19 at 1:36 AM

    oooh, i love love love this post.
    its not making me feel any better about my singledom tho… ha ha ha.

  47. Juley

    2009-01-19 at 2:28 AM

    I can definitely relate with you on this! Sometimes guy clothes fall on me better. You look great! Your shoessss….*dies*

  48. nico

    2009-01-19 at 3:01 AM

    ahhh ha! you two really are so cute. you’re individual styles complement one another so well. i also call my husband booboo…glad to know it’s not just me…i’m always so embarrassed when i say it in public πŸ™‚ funny though, he is the one always borrowing my button ups and squeezing into my trousers. yet, he slaps my hands when i go for his closet.

  49. girlwithshoes

    2009-01-19 at 3:43 AM

    I was going to say I call my boyfriend boo… well that is short for boocat. *slinks off to hide*
    am glad I’m not the only one. πŸ˜€

  50. clareassiral

    2009-01-19 at 3:57 AM

    in my opinion, a gf has all rights to her bf’s wardrobe!

  51. farren

    2009-01-19 at 4:16 AM

    your boyfriend has got amazing style! you’re very lucky you guys can share things. teh amazing thing too is that it looks feminine on you and masculine on him. those pieces are extremely versatile. or you both are probably just very good at styling them. =)

  52. mady dooijes

    2009-01-19 at 4:33 AM

    love it!!!
    very cute…
    i would drown in my boyfriends clothes

  53. pindungo

    2009-01-19 at 5:02 AM

    and what about if he would borrow your tights, for example???

  54. tanya

    2009-01-19 at 5:02 AM

    im pretty much in love with you both, collectively, as a couple.
    i have a tendency to do that.
    at the last wedding i went to, i fell in love with this lovely norweigan man and his korean wife who was the most elegant, graceful, beautiful, sophisticated woman i had ever met.
    truely, it was love at first sight for me. i think it’s pretty much the same case, when i see you and steve together.

  55. arline

    2009-01-19 at 5:07 AM

    You made me laugh this evening, and that is no small feat, as I am uber grump right now.
    All your pillaging is justified of course, and boo boo ;)( I know I don’t have the privl to call him that) wore your zipper necklace once, so you are even.

  56. Songy

    2009-01-19 at 8:18 AM

    Oh I love these. You both look fantastic. You should steal all his gear!!

  57. evie

    2009-01-19 at 8:27 AM

    Boo boo… LOL. That’s so adorable. I would love to borrow a few things from my bf’s closet too except he’s a wee bit too tall so they things never quite fit me well…

  58. Frankie - Swell Vintage

    2009-01-19 at 9:03 AM

    Best dressed couple of all time? Probs. You’re a brilliant pair x

  59. susie_bubble

    2009-01-19 at 9:16 AM

    Hehe, just re: fitting into the boyf’s clothing…luckily, Steve buys things fairly fitted/tailored or in S which means I can plausibly wear them…. or else I’m just a fattie who can fit into guy’s clothing…?
    Pindungo: Doubtful…VERY doubtful…

  60. Mathilde

    2009-01-19 at 9:27 AM

    loving all of your outfits at the moment Susie – you look great! x

  61. Daddy's Little Girls

    2009-01-19 at 10:44 AM

    The first two are awesome! Great job with the layers! Lovely!

  62. Alicia - Sea Of Ghosts

    2009-01-19 at 11:45 AM

    i seriously love this post.

  63. Anonymous

    2009-01-19 at 1:28 PM

    I love the photos/ pictures. The cardigan is great

  64. dree

    2009-01-19 at 1:30 PM

    the bow tie on Steve ROCKS!

  65. Hapsicl

    2009-01-19 at 1:55 PM

    wows, your bf looks really cool too (not surprising I suppose!), he reminds me a little of Jefferson Hack. I think fashion couples are so sweet, often it’s only one half who’s into fashion <3

  66. Max

    2009-01-19 at 2:08 PM

    me really likes! I am gonna get those Swear shoes in grey patent for sure!

  67. Nil

    2009-01-19 at 3:16 PM

    You both look amazing Susie

  68. I don't eat bread.

    2009-01-19 at 3:37 PM

    His clothes are so good! You are one lucky girlfriend!
    x x x

  69. Saskia

    2009-01-19 at 4:20 PM

    in a way, i’m touched by your post. so this is the boyf (he has his own blog?!) – he’s lovely! love the way he wears his trousers – and the way he poses! πŸ˜‰
    each of you looks like a reflexion of the other, funny.
    (me too thinks my boyf looks much better since the day when we were going out with each other. I-) )

  70. Jasmina

    2009-01-19 at 4:25 PM

    Girls always look better in guys clothes then the guys x>

  71. Manka

    2009-01-19 at 5:39 PM

    I absolutely love this combo:
    I often actually borrow clothing items from my dad! He has some really interesting sweaters & shirts ranging from the 70s, 80s, 90s that look good combined with other things.
    Haha, oh & btw “boo boo” means tits in my language. πŸ˜›

  72. Manka

    2009-01-19 at 5:41 PM

    Oh whoops! That link didn’t work! It’s the second to last picture! xx

  73. Market Publique

    2009-01-19 at 6:11 PM

    I’m off to raid Jon’s closet! He went to D.C. for the inauguration… He’ll be in for a surprise when he comes back! So far, I’ve only stolen a 70s heathered gray sweatshirt… it rocks. Oh and a red one with penguins Jazzercising… yes, really.

  74. sugarxnspice

    2009-01-19 at 6:33 PM

    Oh, Susie, this is lovely! Presentation of photos & outfits & all! You look so casual, chic and comfortable in Steve’s clothes, you guys are a perfect match πŸ™‚

  75. Fruchtzwerg

    2009-01-19 at 7:51 PM

    you two are so awesome!

  76. fashionfilosofy

    2009-01-19 at 9:01 PM

    that is so cute! wardrobe swapsies….works like a charm

  77. Amber

    2009-01-19 at 9:11 PM

    This post is genius! Isn’t that what boyfriends are for… wardrobe stealing <3 Shockingly I have gigantic feet, the same size as my petite boys, so I often nick his sneakers, yay.

  78. Faith

    2009-01-19 at 10:54 PM

    Love this idea, it’s so clever and totally gives me ideas for raiding my own bf’s closet. LOVE the blog too, totally inspirational!

  79. Deborah

    2009-01-20 at 2:37 AM

    First of all, your boyfriend is tres cute.
    Also, he has really awesome clothes! I would steal them too!

  80. The Clothes Horse

    2009-01-20 at 7:42 AM

    This post is a thing of joy.

  81. Angela

    2009-01-20 at 1:37 PM

    But why NOT? I mean, how about an experiment where we put Steve in pieces from YOUR wardrobe? I would like to see some of your textured or architectural pieces on Steve…

  82. Audrey

    2009-01-20 at 3:10 PM

    Beautiful. Really.

  83. Nicole

    2009-01-21 at 2:42 AM

    I wish for nothing more than a man whose wardrobe I’d love to steal from! You’re a lucky girl, but not as lucky as he is a guy.

  84. Katie

    2009-01-21 at 6:39 AM

    This post is so cute! I love how you both manage to make the items work for you guys. BTW has anyone ever mentioned that your bf looks like Jake McDorman?

  85. ambika

    2009-01-21 at 8:41 PM

    You guys are so ridiculously chic *and* adorable (who knew there was such a combo?!). I wish my boyfriend wore things I’d want to borrow.

  86. SwanDiamondRose

    2009-01-22 at 2:31 AM

    you look great. boygear works perfectly with your girlyness.

  87. val.

    2009-01-22 at 5:57 AM

    Long time watcher.. never commenter. this post in particular has inspired me, and i just wanted to say charming as ever. your style and vision is more becoming every time i visit… i just don’t think i say it enough.

  88. that grey suit jacket, i dont think id ever give that little number back

  89. SOS!

    2009-01-23 at 1:05 AM

    I want a boy to borrow boy clothes from.
    you guys look lovely
    xx-LJ from SOS!

  90. andrea

    2009-01-24 at 2:39 AM

    I, too, call my boyfriend “boo” and all variations of it! His name is also Steve!!

  91. Sara

    2009-01-24 at 8:34 PM

    i love your third outfit. x

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    2011-07-19 at 10:27 AM


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